Fall has always been my favorite season. The mornings are crisp, the sunsets are spectacular, and pumpkin spice latte is back on the menu. From watching football games every weekend to preparing a delicious Thanksgiving feast, I cherish the smiles and laughter that fill our home as we gather together with family and friends.
Since starting a family, I’ve put more effort into celebrating holidays with our children. I love incorporating elements of each season into our home. So even though the leaves have yet to change color and our 90-degree Sonoma County weather isn’t exactly screaming Fall yet, I’d like to share easy ways to bring a little Fall into your home.
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
You can’t celebrate Fall without pumpkins. Just ask anyone sitting in traffic, staring at the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch. And there’s no such thing as too many or too few pumpkins. Place a pumpkin at your front door, arrange a few pumpkins on your mantle, or fill your entryway with dozens of pumpkins and gourds.
Who-Who Doesn’t Love Owls?
I don’t exactly know why owls are associated with Fall, but I love these wise nocturnal creatures. In some cultures, they’re a symbol of magic (Harry Potter anyone?) or they might represent a good harvest. Place owl towels in the kitchen and bathroom for guests. Add an owl figurine to any centerpiece or table display.
Be Creative with Fall Leaves
Driving around Sonoma County, you’ll see a variety of colors, like rust, mustard, cabernet, and plum. Fall foliage brings a wide array of shades that paint our beautiful wine country backdrop. Add a garland of artificial Fall leaves to your mantle or place one on your dining table. Use real Fall leaves to make a Harvest wreath for your front door. Have your kids color Fall leaves and frame them for a Fall gallery wall.
My Two Scents
Nothing says Fall like a cup of warm apple cider or pumpkin bread baking in the oven. From candles to hand soap, you’ll find a myriad of pumpkin and apple scents in every store: Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Butter, Apple Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Apple Cider, Harvest Apple. Burning just one candle in the kitchen can fuel the Fall spirit (or it can help you to escape the Sonoma aroma outside).
For The Love of Books
Don’t put those books scattered on your living room floor back in the bookshelf just yet. Not only will books add personality to your Fall decor, but it will inspire a love of reading. So find books in your children’s bookshelf and make them the center of your display.
Where To Decorate
There’s no need to make your home decor magazine-worthy (one can only dream!) I choose areas where the family spends the most time (and will actually notice the Fall flair), like the entryway, family room, and dining room. From small accents to beautiful centerpieces, you can create your own Harvest celebration all season long for you and your family to enjoy.